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Terry Downes BEM (born in Paddington, London on 9 May 1936) is a retired British middleweight boxer. He was nicknamed the "Paddington Express" for his aggressive fighting style. As of 2008, Downes was Britain’s oldest surviving former world champion. He held the world middleweight boxing title for ten months from 1961 to 1962. Despite a relatively short boxing career, Downes managed to accomplish a great deal in the sport, most notably by winning the World Middleweight Title on 11 July 1961 by defeating Paul Pender at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England. After an inauspicious first fifteen months in the profession, comprising 16 wins and 3 defeats, Downes won the British Middleweight Title, vacated by Pat McAteer's retirement, by beating Phil Edwards on 30 September 1958 at the Harringay Arena, London. In the autumn of 1959, Downes went on to lose and then win back the title from John 'Cowboy' McCormack. On 5 July 1960, Downes successfully defended the title against Edwards once more. Downes lost his first World Title shot with Pender at Boston in January 1961. The following summer, however, Downes fought Pender again, this time in London, and defeated the American convincingly in front of a raucous Wembley crowd. Pender would win back the title the following year, defeating Downes in Boston once more, this time on points. Downes responded to the loss of his title by winning his next 7 bouts, and having felt he had accomplished all he could at middleweight, he moved up to fight Willie Pastrano for the World Light-Heavyweight Title in Manchester, England on 30 November 1964. Downes was knocked down twice in the 11th round and Pastrano retained his title – it was to be Downes' last fight. One of the most impressive scalps of Downes' 8-year career was that of Sugar Ray Robinson in the autumn of 1962. Robinson was, however, 41 at the time, and when asked after the fight how it felt to beat a boxer of such esteem, Downes famously replied, "I didn't beat Sugar Ray, I beat his ghost." Downes was famous for a number of quips. After a particularly brutal fight early in his career against Dick Tiger, Downes was asked who he wanted to fight next. He replied, "The bastard who made this match," in reference to his manager at the time, Mickey Duff. Downes fought six world champions and beat three: Robinson, Pender and Joey Giardello. His record was: 44 fights, 35 wins (28 KOs), 9 losses. Offered here is a vintage signed photo of Terry Downes.
This is a vintage promotional photo of Terry Downes in fight pose. Boldly signed in ink, "To Michael Best Wishes Terry Downes." Bold, clear image. Clean front. Paper residue on back from mounting. Not creased or torn. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2."

Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2

Condition: excellent